Distilling in Wales was a lost art, but in the late 1990s, in a pub in a small post-industrial Welsh valley town, a group of friends drank and chatted about establishing the first whisky distillery in Wales in over a century.
The friends had a location in the historic village of Penderyn on the southern tip of the Brecon Beacons, chosen because of the site’s own supply of fresh natural spring water. They also had a unique copper single-pot still designed by Dr David Faraday, a relative of the great 19th-century scientist Michael Faraday. Finally the Penderyn Distillery was opened on St David’s Day in 2004.
Penderyn produces its own malted barley spirit which, when matured, is recognised worldwide as one of the finest single malt whiskies. The majority of the spirit goes into casks for ageing in the Penderyn cellars. With a combination of investment, inspiration, hard work, attention to detail, the finest barley, expert distillers and the best American oak bourbon casks, Penderyn Whisky has quickly gained a worldwide reputation winning several prestigious awards.